Nairobi County Government has now banned all street gamblers in the capital following the rising cases of fraud that have recently been reported in the Central Business District.
The Nairobi County Trade Department has consequently revoked gambling licenses for street gamblers saying gambling has morphed into a con game where Kenyans are losing their hard-earned coins.
Head of Inspectorate Joseph Kipsang says the have already arrested 20 individuals around CBD.
‘‘These people operate with single business licenses some engage them in phone gambling games contrary to their license and we shall not allow that to continue. We have hence advised the trade department to work closely with us so that that we can weed them out,” said Kipsang.
Some of those who were arrested were found with licenses indicating that they are vendors with single business permit only to turn into a con artist.
‘‘They applied for licenses showing they are venturing into business only to end up robbing people on the street,’’ Kipsang added.
Areas targeted in the on-going crackdown include Luthuli, Avenue, National Archives, OTC, Bus Station and Ronald Ngala Street.